Jimi Hendrix – The Who – Janis Joplin – etc. – Monterey Pop Festival Unused Ticket
An unused ticket to the 5th and final show of the Monterey Pop Festival, featuring the first US appearance of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield, Scott McKenzie and the Mamas and the Papas.(br)This is arguably the most sought after and rarest US concert ticket ever. The lineup for this show has never been equaled. As we've all seen in the movie, this was the performance that made Jimi Hendrix in America. It was also the first west-coast Who appearance, and Janis Joplin's 2nd appearance at the Festival (her manager, Albert Grossman, wouldn't permit the band to be filmed when they first appeared the afternoon before, but they were so well received that director D.A. Pennebaker begged them to play again so they could appear in the film. They were signed to Columbia Records as a result of their appearance at Monterey.) It also introduced The Grateful Dead, who had released their debut album just 3 months before, to a national audience. Buffalo Springfield (with Steven Stills) played with David Crosby filling in for Neil Young, giving birth to the first stirrings of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Also appearing on the bill were The Blues Project, and the Mamas and the Papas, probably the biggest touring band in the country at the time (the band's John Phillips organized the Festival with their manager, Lou Adler.)(br)This unused ticket came from the archive of the late Ralph J. Gleason, legendary music critic and co-founder of Rolling Stone Magazine. Gleason was an adviser to the Festival organizers, and with Bill Graham, is credited with convincing the San Francisco bands to participate. This is the only unused Box Seat ticket we know of, and it is in mint condition. A truly historic collectible from the most important rock festival of all time.
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